Throughout his campaign, President Trump said he would back out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. On Thursday, Trump held to that promise and officially pulled the U.S. out of the climate deal.
Signed by nearly 200 countries, including the Obama administration, the climate change agreement would have forced the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel emissions by nearly 30 percent by 2025. However, Trump and Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, believe the Paris deal is harmful to the U.S. economy.
In his speech on the matter, Trump also acknowledged the Manila terrorist attack.
In a reversal of the past eight years under Obama, who embraced the “global warming” theory, Trump ended one of the most stapled pieces of global legislation the former president incorporated into the U.S.
Trump notes in his speech he is willing to renegotiate the terms of the agreement that will better benefit the U.S.’s involvement. However, if other countries are not willing to negotiate, he will keep America out of the deal permanently.
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